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  Cars that amke it all the way to the world record book

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Land Rover has done it again! This time with the Range Rover Sport, Land Rover has broken the land speed record for crossing one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. It’s no secret that despite their relative softening over the years, Land Rovers are still synonymous with land exploration. That’s what its cars are meant to do and what better place to explore the limits of the 2014 Range Rover Sport than to attack the desert of the Arabian Peninsula.

The Range Rover Sport completed the journey in record time, setting the fastest average speed of 50.87 mph in the process. The starting point for the record run was Wadi Adda Wasir in Saudi Arabia, and the challenge was to cross the "Empty Quarters" over to the border with the United Arab Emirates. The Land Rover team crossed the vast expanse of the desert in 10 hours and 22 minutes, covering a distance of 527 miles.

Moi Torrallardona, Dakar Rally veteran from Spain, was at the helm of the Range Rover Sport. With years of off-road experience under his belt, Torrallardona was the perfect man for the job.

“Desert driving requires a unique combination of speed, finesse and technical skill. It is crucial that you tackle the dunes with precision. Knowing the right time to go full throttle and the right time to slow down, takes experience and clear judgement,” said Torrallardona.

“This unique way of driving requires a vehicle which has the same skillset - it must be both incredibly fast but also agile, responsive and well planted. The Range Rover Sport is exactly that. It is massively capable and is truly the best tool for conquering the desert,” he added.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Range Rover Sport

Posted on by Simona  

In Formula 1 competitions, the success of a team depends a good bit on the speed of its pit crew and how fast the driver can exit the pit. The entire entry and exit of the pit requires excellent strategy and absolute precision by the entire team.

You can imagine that a pit stop would require a few minutes, given all of the work that the crew needs to get done (tires, fuel, etc.). Actually, anything in excess of just a few seconds would actually ruin the race for the entire team.

At the Japanese Grand Prix 2013, Ferrari managed to pull off the pit stop ever, as the team needed just 1.95 seconds to put Fernando Alonso back on the racetrack. Yes, you read that right: 1.95 seconds. Now this is what we call efficiency, don’t you think?

Check out the above video to see the record.

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Hennessey’s Ford GT didn’t get to enjoy its supremacy at the Texas Mile for too awful long. Back in March, it hit a blistering top speed of 267.6 mph at the biannual event in Corpus Christi, Texas. Now it looks as if that record has already been broken.

We cannot confirm that this is an official record just yet, but the above video show a Ford GT prepared by M2K Motorsports hitting a top speed of 278.2 mph. It looks like the new record was confirmed on the Official Texas Mile Facebook Page, so it is well on its way of becoming official.

We have a few details on this Ford GT prepared by M2K Motorsports, but it looks like it delivers somewhere in the 2,000 horsepower area, so it’s no surprise that it cranked out this outrageous top speed.

Check out the above video to see this monster Ford GT hit 278 mph.

Click past the jump to see the Texas Mile teaser video and one of this Ford GT on the dyno

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The Nissan GT-R Goliath prepared by Switzer Performance delivers a total of 1,500 horsepower, so the fact that it managed to hit a top speed of 402 km/h (250 mph) is not too surprising. What is very surprising, however, is that it needed only one mile and just 22.6 seconds to hit this incredible speed. This makes the Goliath the world’s fastest GT-R in a one-mile sprint.

Apparently, there are only two other cars in the world that scored similar results: a Ford GT that managed to hit a top speed of 267 mph and a Chevrolet Camaro that hit the same 250 mph.

For those of you who do not know much about the GT-R Goliath, it keeps the same 3.8-liter, V-6 engine as a stock GT-R, but Switzer updated it with new intercoolers, plumbing and a new exhaust hardware. All these changed lead to a final output of in excess of 1,700 horsepower — almost three times the initial output of the GT-R .

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Last year, a Ferrari 250 sold for $32 million . This price certainly sounds like a bargain, when compared to the price paid for a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO racecar . Numerous reports indicate that an unknown man paid $52 million to get the car. There is no official confirmation on this, but according to Bloomberg, the price was confirmed by three specialist traders.

If this sale price is accurate, this easily trumps the $34,711,200 sale of a Ferrari 250 GTO that was once driven by Stirling Moss.

The car was once owned by the Greenwich, Connecticut-based collector, Paul Pappalardo, then by a Spanish collector. Pappalardo bought the car in 1974, paid a handsome fee to restore it and after that, it saw use in many historic races, including the 2002 Le Mans Classic. After that the car was sold.

When asked about this subject, Pappalardo said he has no comment, but it’s pretty clear that the Ferrari 250 is becoming a great collection.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 250 GTO.

Source: Bloomberg
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People often say that you shouldn’t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you (John Wooden). No mater the obstacles, you should always end up doing the things you like. While it may sound beautiful on paper, it can be pretty difficult in real life.

Imagine how difficult it was for you to achieve the last thing you dreamed about; now, multiply that by 1,000, and you have an idea just how difficult it would be for a blind man to drive a car. Even more, how difficult it may be for him to break a world speed record.

Mike Newman finds no trouble in following his dream, and despite his disability, he just broke the land speed record for blind men. He was able to hit a top speed of 186 mph, and stole the record from Turkish pop singer Metin Senturk.

The record was established at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in Leicestershire.

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At the end of March, Venturi dropped the first details on its intention to hit an amazing 435 mph (700 km/h) at the famed Salt Flats in Bonneville, Utah - also known as the world speed capital. Today the company has finally dropped the first details on the vehicle that will be used for this attempt: the third-generation "Venturi Jamais Contente", aka VBB-3.

The VBB-3 is fully electric and develops a total of 3,000 horsepower. Venturi’s first record was established in 2010 when the VBB-2.5 went up to a top speed of 495 km/h (307.58 mph). With the VBB-3, Venturi plans to go up to 600 km/h (372.82 mph) and, in 2014, it plans to hit 700 km/h (434.96 mph). The biggest surprise will be revealed in 2015, but that remains a secret for now.

The VBB-3 will make its first appearance at the Bonneville Salt Flats on August 10th through 16th of 2013 and the first record attempts will take place on September 12 and 18, 2013.

Update 9/27/2013: Venturi was supposed to unveil the VBB-3 at the Bonneville Salt Flats top speed run this year, but heavy rains and flooding in an otherwise dry area cancelled the FIA-sanctioned top-speed runs. Instead VBB invited Prince Albert of Monaco over to officially unveil the 3,000-horsepower VBB-3. Venturi also revealed a series of videos of the top-speed monster, which you can see after the jump.

Click past the jump to learn about some land speed record set at Bonnevvile.

We’ve said it time and time again; world records are always meant to be broken. It’s just a matter of when and where it’s going to be.

Recently, the "when" and the "where" of the world’s fastest drift record was answered when Poland’s ORLEN Team along with drifter Kuba Przygonski took a heavily-modified Toyota GT 86 packing close to 1,100 horsepower to a former military base in Biata Podlaska, Poland on September 3rd.

What ensued was nothing short of spectacular.

With arguably one of the world’s most powerful GT 86s at his disposal, Przygonski was able to succesfully drift the Japanese drift car at 217.973 km/h (135.44 mph). In doing so, the Polish racer set a new Guinness World Record, now owning the record for world’s fastest drift.

We honestly have no clue how many g’s Przygonski was experiencing when he set that record but the mere fact that his neck seemed to be okay enough to allow him to celebrate the new record speaks to the kind of preparation he must have done before breaking this record.

It’s an incredible feat that should be lauded, no matter how long its stands in the record books.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Toyota GT 86

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Back in 2009, Keating announced the TKR — a supercar that delivered a total of 1,800 horsepower and went up to an amazing top speed of 260.1 mph.This number is quite impressive, especially when you consider that the world speed record is currently held by the Bugatti Veyron , and stands at 257.87 mph (or 267.87 mph for the five Super Sport World Record Edition units).

Now it looks like the British manufacturer has bigger plans with a new supercar : The Bolt. Keating aims to hit a top speed of more than 340 mph, making the new "The Bolt" the fastest supercar in the world.

According to the first details we have on the car, this result will be possible, thanks to an innovative supercharger bolted to the engine. Keating reports that this special supercharger switches between normally aspirated and supercharged, depending on the demands of the engine. As a result, the engine’s output ranges from 1,000 to 2,500 horsepower, with fuel economy staying at an amazing 30 mpg.

However, a base The Bolt will be powered by a Chevrolet -sourced 7.0-liter, LS7 V-8 engine capable of delivering between 640 and 800 horsepower, depending on the version. This 800-horsepower variant is rumored to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just two seconds.

The record attempt will take place in the United States or in the Arab Emirates, in August or September next year and will use a heavily tuned version of the supercar. The Bolt will be priced between £150,000 ($240,000) and £750,000 ($1,200,000), depending on the engine specifications and the customer’s choices.

After The Bolt, Keating’s next project will be a front-engined touring car that will aim against Aston Martin models.

Click past the jump for a running tally of the various fastest cars throughout automotive history, ranging from the 12 mph Benz Velo to the 253 mph Veyron.

Source: Autocar
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Classic Vettes are on the upswing in values this year, with the $3.2 million earned by this 1967 L88 Sting Ray Convertible at Mecum’s Dallas auction the highest total yet for any example of America’s sports car .

Corvette collection can become an obsession thanks to the huge variety of models, special editions and racing derivatives over the model’s 60-year history. Just like a bag of chips: once you pop... you can’t stop collecting these iconic machines.

Valuations for these models are incredibly sensitive to the car’s history, rarity and restoration quality. Beauty and the driving experience take a back seat to the engine specification and matching serial numbers. As such, this investment-grade L88 convertible’s huge earning at auction is a bit confusing to outsiders.

Part of a giant Bobby Herin collection sold by Mecum Auctions, to an outsider’s eye there seem to be many more special and beautiful examples out there, including some from Mr. Herin’s garage as well.

But they provenance of this L88 convertible is beyond reproach, with all the required documentation, the fuel tank sticker, and the other minute details collectors look for when purchasing a car at these prices. The authenticity of the interior adds patina, as does the car’s NHRA drag racing championship, old drag racing time slips, and the painstakingly-recreated original Marlboro Maroon paintjob.

How cool is this L88? It was beyond a ZR1 upgrade in its day, and the color directly influenced the new 2014 Stringray Convertible’s launch color .

Click past the jump for the full review of the most valuable Corvette (and perhaps any American road car) ever sold at auction, this 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible.


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